Beauty from the Bush, Botanical Art of Western Australian Flora @ Avocados
Jun 22 – Jun 24 all-day

Purple Flags \ Patersonia umbrosa by Margaret Pieroni

Beauty from the Bush is a celebration of Western Australian botanic art about native flora — in particular its wildflowers. It is intended to spark interest in our special environment and the global renaissance in the old and respected field of botanic art and illustration.

This exhibition complements the Wildflower Society of Western Australia’s 6oth Anniversary and State Conference.

Exhibited are a range of art, artists, methods and materials, intended to challenge the understanding of the boundaries of this art form, and how botanical art might be fostered in Western Australia. Featured are Margaret Pieroni a long-standing WA botanical artist and contemporary natural history artist Marina Lommerse. Other artists include Sylvana Douglas, Jennifer Ann Dudley, Bryony Fremlin, Penny Leech, Vanessa Liebenberg, Cielito Marbus, Jill Phillips, Jan Pittman, Trudi Pollard, Ruth De Vos, Danielle West, Delma White and Margaret Wilson.

Link to exhibition catalogue

Curated by Botanist Sue Radford

The Art of Botanical Illustration 2018 Exhibition
Oct 13 – Oct 28 all-day

Papaver somniferum by Vicki Philipson

Many works have been purchased from The Art of Botanical Illustration exhibitions for inclusion in the State Botanical Collection. The State Botanical Collection belongs to the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and is located in the Herbarium. It is made up of two sections: the first section contains over 1.2 million dried plant specimens which are used in scientific research; and the second section is located in the library and is made up of books, periodicals, collections of maps, letters, manuscripts, photographs and artworks. This material is an invaluable resource to staff and researchers working in areas such as biodiversity, classification, evolution, geography, molecular systematics, conservation and horticulture.

It is important that the works exhibited in The Art of Botanical Illustration are scientifically accurate. Each artwork is carefully selected by a panel which includes a botanist, an artist and the head librarian at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne to ensure that the highest standards are met. The work must adhere to the following criteria: it must provide an accurate representation of the form and botany of the chosen subject; the characteristics of the species or variety must be adequately conveyed; the representation should be an artistically pleasing, balanced and a considered work of art; it must be identified and named accurately according to standard botanical practices; and must have been completed within the previous two years.